Common Questions About Smog Testing
As a California resident, you are proud that your state has taken the necessary steps to reduce air pollution by requiring smog testing on most of its vehicles. What you may not know is how these checks affect you. Let’s learn about smog testing in San Jose as well as other areas of the Golden State.
Who is required to check their vehicles?
The California smog check program requires that any car that is newly registered in California must undergo a smog check. The state also requires that each vehicle that is sold must have testing completed. Additionally, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, when sending a renewal notice, will indicate whether it is time to obtain another smog check before re-registering your vehicle. This testing may be required every two years.
What is a smog check?
Those familiar with smog check history will understand that the state first required smog checks beginning in 1984. The program was designed to help improve the air quality in our state by identifying and fixing vehicles that produce excess emissions.
Smog checks measure the type of pollutant that your vehicle is emitting. They also measure how much of each pollutant is going out into the atmosphere.
During a smog check, the vehicle’s emission control systems are checked. Technicians also check the ignition timing, exhaust gas recirculation system, evaporative fuel system, gas cap, and the check engine light. They also check that the on-board diagnostic system is working. Finally, a tailpipe emissions inspection is performed.
Where can I find a smog check near me?
Although you may see smog check locations scattered about the area, make sure you trust your vehicle to a STAR certified station. Green Star Smog Check is located at the corner of 3rd and Keyes Street in San Jose (88 Keyes Street, San Jose). It is conveniently located near both the 280 and 87 freeways.
The Green Star Smog Check is a test-only facility, so you won’t be pressured into making expensive repairs that you may or may not need.
When can I have a smog check performed on my vehicle?
Green Star Smog Check is open seven days a week. No appointment is necessary, but you can call ahead at 408-423-000. Smog checks at Green Star usually take only 15 minutes, and you can wait for your car in our clean waiting rooms.
Why should I choose Green Star Smog Check?
We know that no one is excited to get a smog check completed, but at Green Star, we have done all that we can to make the process as painless as possible. Our technicians are fast and friendly. We provide a comfortable waiting room — with free coffee and wifi. Our reviews are good, and we deliver what we promise.
Check our website for online coupons (valid only with your paperwork from the DMV).
Let’s work together to make sure our air is safe for us and our natural environment for generations to come. Visit Green Star for smog testing in San Jose.
This article was originally posted at GreenStar Smog.